ISTANBUL (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – Wednesday action starts with a bang as a rejuvenated Greece look to continue their stunning turnaround against a confident Russia. Greece will be aiming for their third-straight victory and a place in the final four, which looked unlikely after a disastrous start to the tournament. They face a formidable foe in Russia, who have lost just once. Italy and Serbia will also be looking for a Semi-Final berth and clash in a game that promises to be an entertaining affair. Both teams can get hot from the outside in what shapes up as a high-scoring contest. Greece v Russia (17:45 CET/ 18:45 local time)Tournament form – Greece: WLLLWW – Russia: WWWLWWKey Match-up: Kostas Sloukas v Aleksei Shved. Quite clearly, Sloukas is a barometer for Greece. Mirroring his team, Sloukas started the tournament slow before catching fire. In the past two games – both must-win for Greece – Sloukas combined for 47 points, including 10 threes, to propel his team to victories against Poland and Lithuania. Sloukas has been red-hot from deep and will need to continue that scorching form against Russia, who are brilliantly led by Shved. An MVP candidate, Shved is averaging 23.7 points and 6.7 assists to be the catalyst of Russia’s 5-1 record. The winner of this battle could go a long way to determining the outcome of the game. Breakdown: Apart from a fadeout against Latvia, Russia has had a stellar tournament fueled by Shved’s brilliance on the perimeter combined with Timofey Mogzov’s dominance in the paint. Around their stars, Russia are well organized and know their roles. It is a confident and well-rounded team. After seemingly headed for a disappointing exit, Greece have gotten hot at the right time and loom as the x-factor team of the tournament. At their best, even without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece has loads of firepower through a dynamic backcourt of Sloukas and Nick Calathes, who has also found his groove after a tough start. Greece has a slew of talented big men, who are athletic and strong, making them a tough matchup for opponents. Add to that, Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be a spark plug off the bench and a game-changer on his day. It might all come down to which Greece turns up – the lethargic, disorganized team of the opening four games or the energetic, slick team of the previous two games. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)DALLAS (AP) — The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the NFL players’ union Monday and raised the possibility of another call to action by athletes who have kneeled during the national anthem.Executive Director DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association said the most provocative comments yet by Jerry Jones on the anthem controversy contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without retribution.“I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing,” Smith said. “We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue.”Jones’ comments on Sunday came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem. President Donald Trump tweeted after Pence’s walkout that he had told his vice president to leave if any players kneeled during the anthem.Following a 35-31 loss to Green Bay, the 74-year-old Jones said the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and said any Cowboys doing so will not play.“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” said Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. “OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”The Cowboys and Jones kneeled arm-in-arm before the anthem when they played at Arizona two weeks ago, a few days after Trump said at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any players who disrespect the flag. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked.Most Dallas players have stood on the sideline, many with hands over their hearts, during the anthem since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling last season in protest of police treatment of African-Americans.Several NFL teams have struggled with how to handle anthem protests. After Trump’s criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to stay off the field before the anthem. But Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive lineman, stood at the edge of a tunnel with his teammates in darkness behind him during the anthem two weeks ago.Villanueva said he was not making a political statement in defiance of his teammates, calling it a misunderstanding that was “very embarrassing on my end.”Miami coach Adam Gase recently set a new team policy requiring players either to stand or wait in the tunnel. Three chose to stay off the field, Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas. All three have kneeled in the past.“We were just trying to keep the team focused and not be a distraction,” Michael Thomas said. “It was a team decision. … The league heard us. They’ve heard the cry of the players.”Mara has told Giants players he wants them to stand during the anthem but supports their right to do otherwise. Jones had already made it clear that he felt strongly about standing for the anthem before his latest comments, and he isn’t the only owner who feels that way.Jones even suggested that standing for the anthem was more important to him that team unity.“The main thing I want to do is make it real clear: There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag. We will be non-supportive of each other,” Jones said. “We will not disrespect the flag.”Trump’s comments stoked a political controversy that had subsided somewhat since Kaepernick started it a year ago. The NFL defended the rights of players to protest.Lead NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart has said, “Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker room talk is.” It was an apparent reference to the “Access Hollywood” tapes in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Trump had chalked up those comments as “locker room talk.”
News “With the growing importance of digital media today, Canadian artists—especially musicians and music entrepreneurs (e.g., producers, agents)—now face the challenge of marketing their content internationally and across all platforms, while also putting a greater emphasis on touring and live performances,” the budget report says.The additional funding brings the Government of Canada ‘s total support of the Canadian music industry to $40.7 million Canadian (over $30 million U.S. dollars). Canadian music organizations such as the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and anadian Live Music Association (CLMA).”For musical artists,” the report continues, “these investments will create greater opportunities to innovate and experiment on a wider range of digital and non-digital platforms. This, combined with enhanced support for promotion—including more touring and more modern marketing approaches—will ensure that Canadian music reaches more audiences at home and abroad.”Pieces Of Woodstock’s Original Wooden Stage Are Now Collectibles Twitter Email Facebook Our neighbors to the north cite the “growing importance of digital media” for expanding their federal funding of musicNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 22, 2019 – 4:55 pm The Canadian government has revealed its 2019 federal budget, and the news for musicians is good. Canada has pledged $20 million Canadian (approximately $15 million U.S. dollars) to the Canadian Music Fund over two years. Canada Pledges $15M In Funding For Music canada-pledges-15m-funding-create-greater-opportunities-musicians Canada Pledges $15M In Funding To Create Greater Opportunities For Musicians Read more https://twitter.com/CIMAmusic75/status/1108105512745398277
WILMINGTON, MA — Be kind.That’s the simple, yet powerful message artist Rob Surette was trying to convey with his latest project, which involved students from Wilmington Public Schools and Shawsheen Tech.“I spent three joy-filled days with over 100 super kids from grades 4-12 in Wilmington from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Wilmington West CARES program, and the Wilmington Middle School,” said artist Rob Surette. “They were among my favorite kids ever…. They all has so much enthusiasm and respect for this project and they soaked up my positive messages like sponges.”Wilmington students were able to participate in Surette’s artist-in-residence program thanks to the efforts of Shawsheen Tech Guidance Counselor Angela Caira and West CARES Site Coordinator Kerin Osgood. The two formed a partnership six years ago where Shawsheen Tech Orientation Leaders help educate Wilmington’s youth on bullying prevention and mental health.“The project’s mission was to create a super eye-catching masterpiece together, which would stop people in their tracks and deliver the powerful message — “Be Kind,” which Ellen Degeneres is known for saying all the time,” explained Surette.“Ellen exemplifies the significance of being kind,” added Angela Caira. “She closes out her show every afternoon by reminding viewers to be kind to everyone… What better person to incorporate into our message of being kind?”The masterpiece, which will soon be on display at Wilmington Middle School, consists of 14,768 crayons and weights nearly 200 pounds. Surette spent more than 100 hours completing the project after students began working on it. Students were unaware of what the finish product looked like until the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, May 28.Watch the unveiling, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——(NOTE: The cover photo is from the Wilmington CARES Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Welcomes 11 New Staff MembersIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Parents Recommend School As Community Open House ApproachesIn “Education”PHOTOS: Shawsheen Tech Students Honored At State House For Suicide Prevention Efforts In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”
Share Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTAt least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to “End the Streak,” as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017.A slate of bills aimed at making a dent in traffic deaths has gotten mixed results at the Texas Legislature this year.Statewide Vision Zero PlanThere does seem to be some action on expanded road safety efforts over at the Texas Transportation Commission. Last month, the commission heard a presentation from TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations that indicated the agency may be moving toward a goal of having no traffic fatalities in Texas by the year 2050. Austin adopted a so-called Vision Zero plan in 2016, with the goal of ending deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s roads by 2025. Other major cities have adopted similar plans, which aim to address the problem through better road design, better enforcement of existing laws and education programs. Washington state was the first to adopt a statewide goal of zero traffic deaths in 2000. Since then, more than half of states have set a zero-death goal. But Texas has not. “I’ve been working on Texas transportation policy for 15 years,” said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City, a nonprofit spearheading a road safety campaign called Vision Zero Texas. “I am stunned and confused about the progress we are making.”He said he’s hopeful the commission will adopt a zero-death goal at its meeting next month.Speed LimitsOne proposal that has moved along in the process at the Legislature would reduce the default speed limit on neighborhood roads in urban areas.“If you look at just kids who are walking and biking, more kids are hurt or killed on 30-mile-an-hour streets than any other type of street,” said Blazek Crossley,House Bill 1287, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), would lower the speed limit on roads that otherwise don’t have marked speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25. “This is about saving lives, but it’s also about saving money,” she said. Right now, if a neighborhood wants to lower the speed limit on their street to under 30 miles per hour, the city needs to do a traffic study. Under this measure, the speed limit in neighborhoods where there are no speed limit signs would automatically be 25 miles per hour, without doing a traffic study.The bill, which has bipartisan support, has made it out of committee. It’s still waiting to get on the agenda for debate and a vote in the full House of Representatives.Statewide Hands-Free LawMiguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTAustin Police conduct a hands-free phone use ordinance enforcement operation on May 10, 2016.Meantime, a law that would ban all use of handheld electronic devices while driving has gotten less support in the Legislature.TxDOT says more than 100,000 crashes involved distracted driving in 2017 — which killed 444 people and seriously injured 2,889 others.Senate Bill 43, filed by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), would crack down on distracted driving by making state law look more like Austin’s hand-free driving ordinance. Right now, state law outlaws only texting while driving. You can still talk on the phone, fiddle with your GPS, browse the web or do whatever else you want to do — as long as you’re not using your phone to “read, write or send an electronic message.”Under SB 43, all uses of an electronic device while driving would be illegal (unless you’re using a hands-free device). Your vehicle would have to be stopped outside a travel lane for you to legally use your phone with your hands.But the proposal hasn’t even had a committee hearing in the Senate — the first step to getting passed. A statewide texting ban was passed only in 2017, so the Legislature’s appetite for beefing up the law may not be there quite yet.Stop For PedestriansThis proposal would make a tweak in the state law that requires drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way. Right now, the law simply says a driver must “yield” to a pedestrian in a crosswalk when there’s a walk sign or when there is no traffic light. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTA pedestrian crosswalk in the Allandale neighborhood of North Austin.House Bill 1289 would require drivers to “stop and yield” for pedestrians legally present in a crosswalk. “You have too many people who are just not respecting pedestrians — the right of a pedestrian to be in the crosswalk,” said Israel, who also proposed this bill. “Because you’re in a car doesn’t give you the right to close in on a pedestrian or hurry up a pedestrian with your car bumper. You have to stop and you have to yield.”There doesn’t appear to be open opposition to the proposal, but it remains stalled without a committee hearing.“Some things in the Legislature are a mystery,” Israel said.‘Crash’ Not ‘Accident’There’s been movement afoot in road safety circles for years now to get officials to stop using the word “accident” to refer to traffic crashes. The idea being that accidents are somehow inevitable — and that the word doesn’t hold anyone accountable for a crash.A New York-based safety group called Transportation Alternatives has a campaign for people to pledge not to use the “a-word.” They describe it like this:Before the labor movement, factory owners would say “it was an accident” when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions. Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say “it was an accident” when they crashed their cars.Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions.Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word “accident” today.House Bill 4243 would change every instance of “accident” in the Texas Transportation Code to “crash.” So far, it hasn’t had a hearing.This piece was originally published on https://www.kut.org/
Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийThis is what I am here for. I will tell you a simple solution which will help you in spying on anyone’s messages (and so much more) within a few minutes.So without further waiting, here it goes:Reading Text Messages SecretlyYou can read text messages on any phone, be it Android or iOS, without the knowledge of the target user. All you need is a phone spy service for it.Such services are not rare nowadays. There are so many apps that advertise phone spying solutions with top-notch services. However, an app that lives up to its claims is hard to find.So I went through all the available apps to find the one that is the pure best in this sector. If you are using it, you don’t need any other thing.This is the app I am talking about:Cocospy – The Most Innovative Thing Since Sliced BreadCocospy is a phone monitoring tool that can give you every bit of data on the target phone. It is a web-based service and it works right from your web browser on any device.Through the Cocospy dashboard that is available on Cocospy’s website, you can not only view the messages of the target phone, but even get their location, social media chats, and record their phone calls too.The #1 Text Message InterceptorWhile there are many other services that say they can do as much as Cocospy, none is as good as Cocospy is. This is why Cocopsy is used by millions of users all over the world. With Cocospy, you can easily intercept text messages from another phone without installing the software. Here are some awesome things about Cocospy:No Root or Jailbreak:Cocospy does not require you to root or jailbreak the target device. Rooting or jailbreaking any phone makes it vulnerable to threats. Further, it also makes the other person aware that you are monitoring them. Therefore, this is a huge pro in favour of Cocospy.Web Based Service:You don’t need to install any app on your phone or PC to view messages of the target user. You can do it from any web browser on any device.Stealth Mode:For iOS, Cocospy doesn’t require you to install any app on the target phone. Therefore, the user doesn’t find out they are being monitored. With Cocospy’s iOS solution, you can read text messages from another phone without installing software.For Android, while you require a one-time app installation on the target phone, it always runs in stealth mode. The app size is less than 2 MB and the app icon vanishes after installation.When you have to uninstall the app, you can do it remotely through the Cocospy dashboard. It is as simple as that. So it is secure to read text messages from another phone without them knowing.Feature LoadedCocospy has over 35 features which make sure that no activity of the user escapes from your eyes. The best part is that even if the user deletes any message, Cocospy will still reveal it to you.How to Read Someone’s Text Messages Without Having Their PhoneUsing Cocospy to spy on someone’s text messages without their phone is as easy as pie. All you need is an internet connection and you are good to go. Basically, it involves three steps:Step 1: Sign up for Cocospy and get a subscription plan.Step 2: Follow the simple on screen setup wizard. It will guide you in configuring Cocospy. All you have to do is a few clicks here and there.Step 3: Hit ‘Start’ and you are ready to begin monitoring. You will be taken to your dashboard.Alternatively, you can also click here to know how to read text messages of any phone through Cocospy. This will guide you through the process in detail.Once you are on your dashboard, you can make use of various features to spy on text messages. These include:Message MonitorGet the SMSs that are received or sent by the user. These include sender/receiver info and the content of the message along with the timestamps. Any deleted messages are also present. Most importantly, you can read someone elses text messages online for free.Social Media MonitorCocospy has dedicated tabs for every social media platform. You can view all the chats of the user and even the photos or videos they share.KeyloggerKeylogger records all the keystrokes that are made by the user. This includes text messages, browser searches, and even usernames and passwords.TakeawaysNow that you know how to read anyone’s text messages without their phone, you should get started with it now. Suspicions are best ended quickly. Therefore, you need to make sure that no doubt remains in your head about the other person.About The Author :Aqib Raja is a Digital Marketer, Link builder and an IT Professional. He loves to write on different topics. In free time, he likes to travel and explore the different parts of the world. You can follow him on Facebook. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Close ( Photo by Adrienn from Pexels ) Are you having suspicions on your spouse or child that they are talking to someone they should not? But how can you get to the bottom of it?What about reading the messages on their phone? That will surely give you all the intel you need on the person.But how to read someone’s text messages without their phone? They will surely not offer you their phone so you can spy on them. Therefore, you need something discreet.
With the explosion of data, businesses are looking to innovate as they connect their operations to a whole host of different technologies. The need for consistency across all data elements is now stronger than ever. That’s where graph databases come in handy. Because they allow for a high level of flexibility when it comes to representing your data and also while handling complex interactions within different elements, graph databases are considered by many to be the next big trend in databases. In this article, we dive deep into the current graph database scene, and list out 3 top reasons why graph databases will continue to soar in terms of popularity in 2018. What are graph databases, anyway? Simply put, graph databases are databases that follow the graph model. What is a graph model, then? In mathematical terms, a graph is simply a collection of nodes, with different nodes connected by edges. Each node contains some information about the graph, while edges denote the connection between the nodes. How are graph databases different from the relational databases, you might ask? Well, the key difference between the two is the fact that graph data models allow for more flexible and fine-grained relationships between data objects, as compared to relational models. There are some more differences between the graph data model and the relational data model, which you should read through for more information. Often, you will see that graph databases are without a schema. This allows for a very flexible data model, much like the document or key/value store database models. A unique feature of the graph databases, however, is that they also support relationships between the data objects like a relational database. This is useful because it allows for a more flexible and faster database, which can be invaluable to your project which demands a quicker response time. Image courtesy DB-Engines The rise in popularity of the graph database models over the last 5 years has been stunning, but not exactly surprising. If we were to drill down the 3 key factors that have propelled the popularity of graph databases to a whole new level, what would they be? Let’s find out. Major players entering the graph database market About a decade ago, the graph database family included just Neo4j and a couple of other less-popular graph databases. More recently, however, all the major players in the industry such as Oracle (Oracle Spatial and Graph), Microsoft (Graph Engine), SAP (SAP Hana as a graph store) and IBM (Compose for JanusGraph) have come up with graph offerings of their own. The most recent entrant to the graph database market is Amazon, with Amazon Neptune announced just last year. According to Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, graph databases are becoming a part of the growing trend of multi-model databases. Per Jassy, these databases are finding increased adoption on the cloud as they support a myriad of useful data processing methods. The traditional over-reliance on relational databases is slowly breaking down, he says. Rise of the Cypher Query Language With graph databases slowly getting mainstream recognition and adoption, the major companies have identified the need for a standard query language for all graph databases. Similar to SQL, Cypher has emerged as a standard and is a widely-adopted alternative to write efficient and easy to understand graph queries. As of today, the Cypher Query Language is used in popular graph databases such as Neo4j, SAP Hana, Redis graph and so on. The OpenCypher project, the project that develops and maintains Cypher, has also released Cypher for popular Big Data frameworks like Apache Spark. Cypher’s popularity has risen tremendously over the last few years. The primary reason for this is the fact that like SQL, Cypher’s declarative nature allows users to state the actions they want performed on their graph data without explicitly specifying them. Finding critical real-world applications Graph databases were in the news as early as 2016, when the Panama paper leaks were revealed with the help of Neo4j and Linkurious, a data visualization software. In more recent times, graph databases have also found increased applications in online recommendation engines, as well as for performing tasks that include fraud detection and managing social media. Facebook’s search app also uses graph technology to map social relationships. Graph databases are also finding applications in virtual assistants to drive conversations – eBay’s virtual shopping assistant is an example. Even NASA uses the knowledge graph architecture to find critical data. What next for graph databases? With growing adoption of graph databases, we expect graph-based platforms to soon become the foundational elements of many corporate tech stacks. The next focus area for these databases will be practical implementations such as graph analytics and building graph-based applications. The rising number of graph databases would also mean more competition, and that is a good thing – competition will bring more innovation, and enable incorporation of more cutting-edge features. With a healthy and steadily growing community of developers, data scientists and even business analysts, this evolution may be on the cards, sooner than we might expect. Read Next Amazon Neptune: A graph database service for your applications When, why and how to use Graph analytics for your big data